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Tax Evasion: Lagos State Government Drags Davido, AY Comedian And Other Celebrities To Court

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The Lagos State Government has moved against some celebrities in the state, who are alleged to be tax evaders despite their earnings from their business, Punch has reported.According to a court paper sighted by Punch on Saturday, sensational singer, David Adedeji Adeleke, popularly known as Davido and popular comedian, Ayo Makun, better known as AY have been dragged before the court for alleged tax evasion.The report stated that Davido, the Chief Executive Officer of HKN Music, Lagos, has been charged before a Lagos High Court in July 2017 and risk a jail term if convicted. AY has had a longer history in court against the state as he was charged to court in 2016 for failing to file his tax returns as required by law. “Notable among these alleged tax offenders are two of Nigeria’s celebrated artistes –Davido and AY, the comedian. Both artistes have had a long standing battle with the Lagos Internal Revenue Service for tax evasion. Davido, who has record deals with Sony Music Entertainment and endorsement agreements with various companies in Nigeria, has not filed his tax returns or remit any taxes to the Lagos State Government,” the source said.A reliable government source however revealed that that Davido had defended his action, claiming that he paid taxes to Osun State since he is an indigene of the state. The source added, “Remember that Davido said he made N500m from his N30bn concert recently. We must know how much he paid to the LIRS. AY too said the same thing. The comedian claimed to be paying his taxes to Ondo State, where he hails from. It seems these celebrities don’t understand that the tax law stipulates that you must pay your tax to your state of residence. Anyway, we are already in court. Others will soon appear in court if they don’t obey the state tax law. You can’t be making money in Lagos and refuse to pay tax.” On his part, AY said he was not aware of the suit, asking to be given some time to confirm if his office was in receipt of the court papers on the said suit.Photo Credit: Getty

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